Articles from the March 1, 2023 edition

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 By JOHN MARSHALL    Sports    March 1, 2023

Conference championships on the line in season's final week

The final week of the regular season is here, the calendar rounding toward March Madness. A handful of regular-season titles are already wrapped up. Several are still up in the air. Top-ranked Houston clinched the American Athletic Conference crown,...

 

March Madness 2023: Bubble teams at women's league tourneys

March Madness is coming up fast. Here is what to know along with some key games to watch and who's on the bubble ahead of Selection Sunday for the women's NCAA Tournament: KEY DATES The basketball calendar is getting crowded. Up first are the confere...

 

What time is it on moon? Europe pushing for lunar time zone

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — With more lunar missions than ever on the horizon, the European Space Agency wants to give the moon its own time zone. This week, the agency said space organizations around the world are considering how best to keep t...

 

Drones fly deep inside Russia; Putin orders border tightened

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Drones that the Kremlin said were launched by Ukraine flew deep inside Russian territory, including one that got within 100 kilometers (60 miles) of Moscow, signaling breaches in Russian defenses as President Vladimir Putin o...

 

Why TikTok is being banned on gov't phones in US and beyond

The United States is ratcheting up national security concerns about TikTok, mandating that all federal employees delete the Chinese-owned social media app from government-issued mobile phones. Other Western governments are pursuing similar bans, citi...

 

Endangered Mexican wolf population makes strides in US

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Endangered Mexican gray wolves are making more strides, as more breeding pairs and pups have been documented since reintroduction efforts began in the southwestern U.S. more than two decades ago, federal wildlife managers s...

 

Biden to nominate Julie Su as next US labor secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is nominating Julie Su, the current deputy and former California official, as his next labor secretary, replacing the departing incumbent, former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Su, a civil rights attorney and former h...

 

Alfalfa County court filings

According to the affidavits and petitions on file, the following individuals have been charged. An individual is innocent of any charges listed below until proven guilty in a court of law. All information is a matter of public record and may be...

 

Supreme Court seems ready to sink student loan forgiveness

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative justices holding the Supreme Court's majority seem likely to sink President Joe Biden's plan to wipe away or reduce student loans held by millions of Americans. In arguments lasting more than three hours Tuesday, C...

 

Alfalfa County Sheriff's Office logs

Monday, February 20, 2023 During this day was one traffic stop. 12:17 p.m. – Report of a grass fire on OK-58 and Bryan. Advised it was a controlled burn. 3:46 p.m. – Medic needed in the 300 block of Canola for a male possibly having a heart att...

 

Election day reminders, tips and laws

Voters will head to the polls on March 7 for the Special Election. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Alfalfa County Election Board Secretary Stephanie Jantz recommends voters with questions about their eligibility or polling place call...

 

Voter registration deadline approaches

March 10 is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the April 4, 2023, Board of Education General Election and the Regular Municipal General Election, Alfalfa County Election Board Secretary Stephanie Jantz...

 
 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    March 1, 2023

Alfalfa County commissioners open bid for pickup

Monday's Alfalfa County commissioners meeting was brief; Nate Ross, Mike Roach and Garret Johnson got down to business, taking care of the previous meeting minutes, payroll warrants, maintenance and operation payment warrants, and blanket purchase...

 

Moran chosen as Aline -Cleo February Student of the Month

Sam Moran, senior, was chosen as the Aline-Cleo Student of the Month for February. His school philosophy is, "Early is on time, on time is late, and late is falling." He believes his school is unique...

 

Cherokee teacher to receive Oklahoma Medal for Excellence Award

"The Oklahoma Medal for Excellence is one of our state's most prestigious educator awards and recognizes public school educators for their passion and innovation, their commitment to professional...

 

Waynoka receives $999,949 grant for water system improvements

The City of Waynoka (City) received approval for $999,949 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to improve the City’s water infrastructure. Construction of upgrades and improvements to the water system will be financed b...

 

Alva Farmer's Market planning meeting for 2023 season

All gardeners interested in marketing their produce at the Alva Farmer's Market are invited to attend an organizational meeting on Monday, March 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Woods County Courthouse. Vendors with home-made products...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    March 1, 2023

Bridge inspection approved by Woods County commissioners

The Woods County commissioners approved several items involving bridges during Monday’s meeting. All three commissioners were present: John Smiley, David Hamil and Randy McMurphy. Circuit E...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

The House passed a package of education bills this week that would give more funding to our public schools, including money for teacher pay raises, and more educational choices for parents and...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    March 1, 2023

SQ 820 legalizing marijuana for recreational use on March 7 ballot

Next Tuesday, March 7, Oklahoma voters will go to the polls to decide State Question 820 legalizing recreational use of marijuana for persons 21 or older. I hope everyone will make the effort to get...

 

Senate Review

I had the opportunity to meet with some of our state’s brightest young people last week. FFA chapters from District 19 visited during FFA Day at the Capitol, which took place during National FFA W...

 

WILMA ANN GALER MILLER

Wilma Ann Galer Miller, 88, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, passed away on February 23, 2023 in Oklahoma City. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. immediately followed by the funeral service at...

 

Baylor women showing they can win, even without Big 12 title

There will be no Big 12 regular-season title for the Baylor women for the first time in 13 seasons, and the Bears won't get to open the NCAA Tournament on their home court as had pretty much become a given over the past decade. But even without...

 

Rescuers comb wreckage of Greece's deadliest train crash

TEMPE, Greece (AP) — Rescuers searched late into the night Wednesday for survivors amid the mangled, burned-out wrecks of two trains that collided in northern Greece, killing at least 43 people and crumpling carriages into twisted steel knots in t...

 

Chicago mayor's race shows impact of crime in COVID's wake

CHICAGO (AP) — Four years ago, Paul Vallas finished toward the bottom of the pack in a crowded race for Chicago mayor. Trying again, focused this time on crime, he was the top vote getter Tuesday, toppling the incumbent mayor and advancing to an A...

 

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